Archive for April, 2017

Something is amiss, the female should be sitting tight on eggs by now and is not. Today the 25th April I saw her sitting alone but not tightly, meantime I was watching harriers, after say 15 mins she was sitting up in the nest and looking around. After say another 15 mins she had gone and for the next 40 mins the nest remained that way. Had I arrived some 20/30 mins later than I did I would have seen an apparently abandoned nest for 40/50 mins, can't fathom out what is happening as the male is bringing fish, or…

Apr 20th by Ian under Bird Watching

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20th April and at last the Osprey pair are settled, even yesterday the female was not sitting and was frequently absent as was the male, the weather is dry but windy so not the best for fishing. The fish clasped in these domestic pictures is again a pike as I saw it's tail as the male manoeuvred in the wind. I spent most of yesterday and today on marsh harrier nest location and think I have a location but it needs more observation work, the previous "late" location last year does not look like a positive site…
Easter Monday 17th April and weather showery, as was yesterday, a fact I am grateful for as the tree pollen is affecting me; streaming nose, few sneezes and itchy eyes. Loads of cuckoo flowers now in bloom joining lesser celandine and some newly showing dog violets. Got my first and second swallow today along with a male marsh harrier, appeared to have wing tags but did not get close enough views to be certain. Ospreys curiously absent, I was expecting the female to be sitting on her first egg, if she was I could not see her which is in…

Apr 9th by Ian under Bird Watching

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This was from the 7th April when his partner had not arrived, he was clutching a pike rather more eaten than on the 5th, so I am guessing it is the same pike. I took these shots to see if I was correct and there are no leg rings, well although the shots are very poor quality the purpose was served; there are no leg rings on this male. When I went out on the 9th (today) hisĀ  partner was on the nest and he was in attendance on the perch. The two were alert and he…
5/4/17, this was my 5th visit and the one with success, although I knew one osprey was back on the 3rd as the grass growing from the nest cup had disappeared. The pictures are where the male perched at times last year and no other male had done so in previous years, so I am guessing it is the same male with no leg rings. He was mighty alert as some of the pics show, head never still and looking up as well as around. Guessing again, he had eaten the head of the fish and the…
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